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Benjamin T. Sharpe

PhD Candidate & Associate Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology


Ben is currently undergoing a PhD research studentship with the University of Chichester, in collaboration with King's College London, to conduct a series of studies examining the attributes that underpin lifeguard expertise and hazard detection performance. Through working alongside the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the project aims to further research in drown prevention and highlight a means to reduce the likelihood of a drown scenario unfolding in our lifeguarded waters.

Whilst his PhD focuses on drown prevention, Ben’s additional research interests focus on expertise, visual attention and cognition both within and outside of sport.

In addition to his PhD, Ben works as an associate lecturer within the Institute of Sport leading seminars on topics such as; applications of psychology in sport and exercise, skill acquisition, cognitive psychology and motivating athletes.

Ben also works as a research assistant on various topics across the University and is the Module One ambassador for the Higher Education Academy course.



Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience | University of Chichester | 11/2017 – Present

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy | University of Chichester | 2018 – 2019

Master of Science, Psychology of Sport and Exercise | University of Gloucestershire | 2015 – 2016

Bachelor of Science, Applied Sport and Exercise Studies | University of Gloucestershire | 2014 – 2015

Higher National Diploma, Sport Development & Coaching | NWHC | 2012 – 2014


  • Applications of Psychology in Sport and Exercise
  • Psychological Skill Acquisition
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Motivating Athletes

Professional Associations

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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Moore, L. J., Harris, D. J., Sharpe, B. T., Vine, S. J., & Wilson, M. R. (2019). Perceptual-cognitive expertise when refereeing the scrum in rugby union. Journal of Sports Sciences, 1-9. 

Moore, L. J., Sharpe, B. T., White, C., Vine, S. J., & Wilson, M. R. (in preparation). How do rugby union referees use visual information to make decisions during complex maul scenarios? Perceptual and Motor Skills.

Runswick, O. R., Jewiss, M., & Sharpe, B. T. (in preparation). The effect of match play context on cognitive effort and perceptual-motor performance in golf putting.

Ritchie, L., Sharpe, B. T., O’Donnell, M., & Hunt, E. (in preparation). Impact of professional resilience training on university student’s self-efficacy.